anthroposophic NURSing

Anthroposophic Nursing (AN) is an expression of Holistic care giving, encompassing the physical and spiritual nature of the human being. Rudolf Steiner, PhD and Ita Wegman, MD collaborated in clinics in Arlesheim, Switzerland in the early 1900’s to develop a holistic approach to medicine that would offer healing to the whole Human Being, body, soul and spirit.

During their treatments, the nurses work closely with the elements of warmth, rhythm, and conscious awareness. The client is viewed as a whole person, and that a bridge exists between the physical and spiritual being of their patients. This is of key importance in supporting and nurturing the patients own life giving healing forces.

Nurses interested in AN have the opportunity to expand and deepen their nursing impulse in the art of healing and their own inner development through continuing education offered by NAANA. AN practice includes external applications of therapeutic substances through teas, footbaths, compresses, embrocations (Einreibung) and hydrotherapy. NAANA is affiliated with the International Forum for Anthroposophic Nursing (IFAN) at the Medical Section of the School for Spiritual Science, Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland. Training through the IPMT (International Post Graduate Medical Training) is accredited by the Medical Section.

According to the International Association the special characteristics of Anthroposophic Nursing are:

  • A holistic, integrative image of the human being which provides the guidance of the anthroposophic nursing activities.
  • Support of recovery and healing processes with special attention to the individual developmental needs of the patient.
  • The use of wraps, compresses, baths and embrocations to strengthen the self-healing forces within the patient.
  • Takes into account biological, soul, and spiritual rhythms in nursing.
  • Commitment by nursing staff to ongoing professional and personal development.

    NAANA MISSION STATEMENT: The North American Association for Anthroposophic Nurses (NAANA) strives to uphold and cultivate the Anthroposophic medical and nursing practices indicated by Rudolf Steiner and Ita Wegman. It will work to further enhance the quality of care giving and to develop and support the community of Anthroposophic nurses through peer support, education, research, and collective collaboration.

    VISION STATEMENT: The art of Anthroposophic Nursing will contribute to the healing of the human being, in light of Anthroposophy, while becoming integrated within the medical systems of today. It’s principles and gestures will serve the individual development of nurses and care givers in North America and around the world.

    How to Become a Member of NAANA

  • Annual Membership dues are good for one year from January 1 to December 31.
  •  Full Member Nurse $90
  • Student/Retired Nurses and Friends/Supporters $50
  • Donations in any amount are greatly appreciated in support of this renewed initiative of Anthroposophic Nursing in North America.
  • NAANA members are automatically members of Anthroposophic Health Association.

    Your membership supports the work of Anthroposophic Nursing: Education, Research, & Networking. Benefits include: AHA e-news, subscription to Lillipoh, discounts on NAANA/AHA sponsored trainings and conferences, and online AHA directory listing and annual newsletter.

    NAANA is a 501(c) 3 organization.

    To BECOME A MEMBER, please visit our website at
    For questions about membership and NAANA please contact Teresa F
    errari - NAANA Membership Coordinator at

    Accredited by the International Forum for Anthroposophic Nursing (IFAN) in the Medical Section of the School of Spiritual Science at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland. IFAN represents national professional Anthroposophic Nursing Organizations worldwide.

Rhythmical Einreibungen According to Wegman/Hauschka

An Anthroposophic Nursing Course

Part 1A March 1 – 3, 2019 & Part 1B March 15 - 17, 2019

Friday & Saturday 8:30 – 6:00 & Sunday 8:30 – 1:00

Fellowship Community, Spring Valley, NY

Rhythmical Einreibung is a nursing treatment that gently enlivens, warms and nurtures the whole human being through the conscious application of qualities of touch and therapeutic oils. 

Part 1 Course for Nurses, Massage Therapists, Health Care Professionals, Parents and Caregivers.  
Students will be introduced to the theory of rhythmical and life processes through instruction and practice and will learn: 

  • The qualities of rhythmical touch and how to provide them.

  • The meaning of the warmth organism and its importance in therapy. 
  • Application of the rhythmical qualities in other nursing situations.
  • Indications and contraindications of Rhythmical Einreibung.
  •  Rhythmical Einreibung of the sitting back, legs and feet. 


Janice Balaskas, RN, is an Anthroposophic Nurse Specialist, Rhythmical Einreibungen Specialist and Teacher and Rhythmical Massage Therapist. She teaches RE in the USA, Europe and Asia.

Judith Brockway-Aventuro, RN, BSN, is an Anthroposophic Nurse Specialist, Rhythmical Einreibungen Specialist and Teacher and Rhythmical Massage Therapist.  She teaches RE in the USA.

Costs of the course: $595 for early registration $570 with NAANA Membership discount of $25.
$695 for registration after September 1st , 2018. 

1.  Full refund, less $50. admin fee:  written notice received before February 1st.
2.  50% refund: written notice received after February 1st.
3.  Cancellations after February 15th will not be eligible for a refund. 
Write Checks to: ‘NAANA’.  Write in Check Memo: ‘RE FC Part 1’

For information about the course contact Janice at janicerosebalaskas@gmail.comor 484-250-3529.
For information about accommodations & meals contact Judith at judithbrockway@gmail.comor 502-693-3258.  

REGISTRATION IS LIMITED TO TWELVE PARTICIPANTS. Pregnant women and individuals with a medical conditions should contact the course coordinators before registering. 

TO REGISTER:  Complete this registration form (Download RE 1 SV March 2019.pdf& send full payment to: Janice Balaskas, 1432 Temple Road, Pottstown, PA  19465

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